Crafty Kids | Make Your Own Winter Scarf
Brr! It’s cold out there. We need to bundle up. Let’s start with a scarf. Kids can keep their necks toasty warm AND show a little personal style with this easy DIY scarf. Our inspiration for it? It’s all about the dotted line…
white 100% cotton gauze or muslin (you can find the gauze in the specialty cotton section of your fabric store)
large embroidery needle (I’d say size 10 with a ball point)
Cut your fabric to the desired width. The easiest way to do it: just snip into your fabric and then rip. You’ll get a nice straight line that way. We got 2 scarves out of a 1/2 yard of gauze. It’ll depend on how wide you want your scarf.
*Optional: to cut down on fraying, you can run the scarf through a sewing machine, sewing a line around inside the edge of your fabric. Our designer liked the frayed ends. She said, “It’s more kid-ish that way.”
Take a length of embroidery thread, longer than the width of your scarf. Put it through the eye of the needle. Then double knot the end.
Start sewing. You’ll want to weave the needle in and out across the base of the scarf. When you reach the end, tie off your thread with a double knot and cut off any excess.
Thread your needle and start again. You can mix colors or stick with one. You can also experiment with diagonal lines and horizontal ones. Stick with a few lines or go crazy! It’s really up to you.
If you asked us, we’d say these make awesome gifts for friends and family. Naturally. Each one can be as unique as the person receiving the gift. And may I also throw in there: this is a pretty cool parent/kid project to do together. My mom taught me how to embroider when I was a kid. Now, I’m paying the crafty stuff forward. Warm and fuzzy memories!
Optional: For a more advanced craft, you could dye the fabric first and then decorate with thread. We wanted to keep our first go at this simple, but feel free to knock yourselves out!
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